Pierre-Louis family in Haiti doing well after quake


Wondy Pierre-Louis talks with media during the University of Florida Football team's 2008 Media Day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

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Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.

There isn't much positive news coming out of Haiti at the moment, but former Florida cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis received some from his native country Wednesday.

Pierre-Louis found out his parents are alive and well, although the family's house is in rubble following Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

Pierre-Louis, a senior this past season, was born and raised in Haiti, but his mother brought him and his brother, John, to Naples in 2002, then left them to return to Haiti.

Three years later, John moved to New York and Pierre-Louis was left on his own to support himself. Naples Lely High School coach Buddy Quarles and his wife took Pierre-Louis into their home.

After signing with Florida in 2006, Wondy-Pierre had to return to Haiti to obtain a new student visa for college.

During his UF career, Pierre-Louis played in 48 games, with 17 starts.

Pierre-Louis is best remembered for recovering a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown in the 2006 SEC Championship game against Arkansas.

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